Russell named Bulls’ hoops coach

Former Keller Central assistant coach Ryan Russell has been announced as the new coach of the Bridgeport Bulls.

Wise medics to assist with Taylor County fire

An ambulance from Wise County is headed to Taylor County to assist firefighters battling a large wildfire.

Update for Wednesday, May 18, 2022

BOYD ISD CONSIDERS GROWTH OPTIONS — As hundreds of new homes are on the horizon, Boyd ISD is looking for options for more classroom space for prospective students. In her superintendent’s report Monday, Boyd ISD Superintendent Tamara Vardy spoke to the board about the need for additional learning space as the district continues to grow. Vardy submitted a draft plan to address growth at the elementary and intermediate/middle school campuses.


Decatur’s Will Quintana embraces teammate Jake Poteet after the Eagles claimed the 4A state title in the 4×200 relay Friday in Austin. See story on page 20.

Jailer arrested for improper relationship


A Wise County Sheriff’s Office employee was arrested over the weekend following an investigation into an improper relationship with a jail inmate. Anyade Rivera, 33, of Rhome was arrested Sunday and charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a second degree felony. Rivera had been employed as a jailer at the Wise County Jail since December, Sheriff […]

Beloved attorney dies


Allen Williamson, a man known for his warmth and humor as much as his work as a prominent attorney and Republican Party Chairman, died after an apparent heart attack Saturday. He was 47. The announcement of his sudden passing prompted an outpouring of support across the Texas legal community and in Wise County, as people recounted Williamson’s impact. Hours before […]

Campbell elected board president


Decatur ISD has a new school board president. Kristy Campbell was elected by a 7-0 vote during Monday’s school board meeting. Campbell was elected to the board in November 2020 and previously served as board secretary. Melonie Christian was picked as vice president, and Jennifer Wren tabbed as secretary. Both votes were 7-0. The board reorganization took place after a […]

Townsend hired as interim


Paradise ISD trustees selected Rod Townsend to serve as the district’s interim superintendent Monday. Townsend, a former superintendent at Decatur ISD and current Weatherford ISD deputy superintendent, takes over for Paul Uttley, who has accepted the superintendent role at Stratford ISD. The board approved Townsend’s hire and contract 7-0. “The goal that I have any time I take a new […]

Fire destroys building on 4421


Fire destroyed a metal building housing a mobile home RV and other items on County Road 4421 between Decatur and New Fairview Saturday morning. East Wise, Decatur, Rhome and Newark firefighters battled the blaze just east of U.S. 81/287. Wise County EMS also responded. Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said the building was unoccupied at the time of the […]



Precinct 4 county commissioner candidate and Ink N Stitch owner Colby Shawn kisses a pig after voters stuffed his jar during the fundraiser for the Bridgeport FFA scholarship. The contest pitted Shawn against Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Bridgeport ISD.